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Taller turbines prompt Maryland to revisit offshore wind plans

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OFFSHORE WIND: Maryland regulators reopen discussions about two proposed offshore wind projects after developers decide to use turbines 200 feet taller than originally planned. (Baltimore Sun) 

ALSO: Developers and manufacturers tour a southeast Connecticut pier that the state is promoting as an offshore wind hub for turbine assembly. (4C Offshore)

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• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he is unaware of a reported FBI investigation into Mariner East pipeline permits but that he welcomes the scrutiny. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A New York renewable energy advocate says a utility has been employing local officials to write letters to state regulators in support of a pipeline under the Hudson River. (Albany Times Union) 

TRANSMISSION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills, who supports a controversial power line in the state, will not get involved in a campaign against a statewide referendum. (Maine Public) 

• Vermont regulators grapple with restructuring its net metering program for solar projects as costs for other electricity sources decline. (VT Digger)
• Officials break ground on Rhode Island’s largest community solar project, a 12.4 megawatt project in North Smithfield. (Providence Business News)

EFFICIENCY: A study examines how efficiency programs serve low- and moderate-income residents, including one in Massachusetts. (ACEEE)

GOVERNMENT: Massachusetts energy commissioner Judith Judson will leave state government next month to become an executive at a renewable energy developer. ( 

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CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s auditor general issues a report that says climate change cost the state $261 million last year, about half in damage to infrastructure. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

• A New York legislator says the state’s landmark climate law is only a first step as additional efforts are needed to electrify transportation and building heating. (Albany Times Union)
• A conservative think tank says New York’s embrace of massive amounts of offshore wind is a “reckless gamble” due to its high cost and physical security. (Crain’s New York Business)
• An offshore wind advocate says it will be a $1 trillion industry by 2040 but the world needs the climate and economic benefits now. (Utility Dive)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs an executive order to lay the groundwork for a public bank and the Sierra Club says it should have a component that funds renewable energy projects. (news release)
• The New Jersey school boards association says the state’s move to revamp solar energy incentives risks the costs savings and other benefits schools receive from welcoming development at their sites. ( 

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